MIDEAST 200 - Introduction to the Middle East
Section: 001 Issues in Race & Ethnicity
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Middle East Studies (MIDEAST)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
RE, HU
Other:
WorldLit
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to students who have taken NEAREAST 100.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

The Middle East is a larger-than-life in the western imagination. Nearly every news-source peddles stories about the Middle East daily. Our depictions of the Middle East are not only omnipresent, but they’re contradictory: It’s the cradle of civilizations and yet in need of civilizing; It’s the home of utopia (the Promised Land) and the world’s dystopia (endless war, sectarianism, refugees). It’s the birthplace of writing, the first cities, trade route, and major religions, as well as the home of ziggurats, pyramids, mummies and the first farms. Yet the world’s breadbasket is often seen as the world’s basket case, a hotbed of menacing terrorists, pirates, dictators, and unstable men. The paradoxes of the Middle East are intertwined with the paradoxes of the west. – If the popular depictions of the Middle East are larger-than-life, this course asks what is life like in the region? This course introduces students to the complexities of social life, using the perspective of today’s scholarly disciplines, such as anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, as well as religious and literary studies. And we employ what scholars use to discover new knowledge: evidence from archives and archaeological digs, iconic and textual sources, geophysical material, chemical and physical forensics, and even human genetics. And whenever possible, we will foreground voices from the Middle East for each period in history to address questions of social organization and diversity, namely issues pertaining to gender and sexuality spectrums, ethnicity, profession and class inequality, scapegoating, divine-human as well as animal-human relations.

Course Requirements:

In-Class Discussion of Readings; 6 Research Questions (100-300 words); 5 Response Papers (300-500 words); 3 Quizzes; Analysis Paper (900-1200 words)

Intended Audience:

Undergraduate students

MIDEAST 200 - Introduction to the Middle East
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
10733
Open
1
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (DIS)
P
10734
Closed
0
 
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F 9:00AM - 10:00AM
003 (DIS)
P
10735
Closed
0
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
16338
Open
1
 
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F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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ISBN: 9780679727835
In an Antique Land : History in the Guise of a Traveler's Tale., Author: Ghosh, Amitav., Publisher: Random House US 2011
Optional
ISBN: 9780521732970
A history of Islamic societies, Author: Lapidus, Ira M., Publisher: Cambridge University Press 2014
Optional
ISBN: 9780691147253
The ancient Near East : an anthology of texts and pictures, Publisher: Princeton University Press 2011
Required
ISBN: 9780520248427
Ancient Egyptian literature : a book of readings. Vol. 2, The New Kingdom, Publisher: University of California Press op.
Required
ISBN: 9780520248427
Ancient Egyptian literature : a book of readings. Vol. 1 The old and middle kingdoms, Author: Lichtheim, Miriam, 1914, Publisher: Univ. of California Press 2006
Required
ISBN: 9780520248441
Ancient Egyptian literature : a book of readings. Volume 3, The late period, Author: Lichtheim, Miriam, 1914-2004., Publisher: University of California Press 2006
Required
ISBN: 9780300099201
The literature of ancient Egypt : an anthology of stories, instructions, and poetry, Publisher: Yale University Press 2003
Optional
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